Forrest Gump Reviews

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Top Critic
Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
A dark and driven work, haunted by violence, cruelty and a sense of the tragically absurd.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 14, 2014
For its 20th anniversary, 'Forrest Gump' is being rereleased for one week in the IMAX format nationwide, including at Rave Cinemas, Davenport. Here is my review from July 1994: Garp + Zelig x Chance = Gump.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel Carlson
Movie Mezzanine
September 5, 2014
Forrest Gump is never sure of what it is or what it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
September 5, 2014
Pulling the supremely naive yet mystically wise Gump off is a feather in Hanks' hat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 5, 2014
One of my all time favorite films.
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
September 4, 2014
It might hit you right in the feels, even as your eyes are rolling. To quote one of Forrest's truest pieces of wisdom: Maybe both is happening at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
September 3, 2014
So afraid to dredge up debate that when Forrest is handed a mic at an antiwar rally, someone unplugs the speakers so we can't hear him - fitting for a movie with nothing to say.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 7, 2014
It's most successful when it is being off-center, a state of grace it doesn't quite have the nerve to maintain.
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
January 7, 2014
Hanks is brilliant in evoking Forrest's good-heartedness; he cannot really perceive evil in men, and yet he is so untainted by bigotry or ideology that he makes the perfect witness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 7, 2014
This isn't the meaningful movie it pretends to be. But as a goofy entertainment that speeds through the latter half of the 20th century, stopping here and there to snap a photo or two, Forrest Gump does just fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Mars-Jones
Independent
January 7, 2014
Forrest Gump is a schmaltz-Zelig, a Being There engineered from the genetic material of a Hallmark card.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 7, 2014
Good as Wright and Sinise are in their roles as Forrest's near-suicidal soulmates, the movie always comes back to Hanks, and director Robert Zemeckis helps him to achieve some of his finest emotional moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
January 7, 2014
The performances of Hanks, Gary Sinise, Mykleti Williamson and Robin Wright are worthy. What's missing, though, is a philosophical context in which to gauge what we're watching.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 7, 2014
Zemeckis has an exuberant sense of humor, an ability to use good ideas from other movies (he steals from Being There and Zelig) and an unmatched mastery of the technical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 7, 2014
As played to perfection by recent Oscar winner Tom Hanks, who is fast proving that he has no acting limits, this film is a social comedy that reaches heights of wit and cleverness.
Joanne Kaufman
People Magazine
January 7, 2014
America's loss of innocence as filtered through the eyes of an innocent -- that's the theme of this plodding, heavy-handed parable.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 7, 2014
The movie supports its optimistic agenda by evading or overlooking many hard realities of the historical period it supposedly wants to explore and understand. The result is a winning but ultimately dishonest portrait.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 7, 2014
The movie's technical tricks are great fun, as is its musical soundtrack, which captures the essences of the eras it traverses. But when you come right down to it, it's the oddly magnetic personality of Forrest himself that is the biggest draw.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 8, 2013
Forrest Gump is a perfectly competent movie. Its major failure is one of morals and ideas, and the fact that so many, many people did not seem to notice or care, is what really flummoxed me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Total Film
February 20, 2013
Largely enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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